Northern Ireland

45 new jobs for Belfast IT firm

Image caption Equiniti is creating 45 new job

The Belfast-based IT software and services company Equiniti ICS is creating 45 new jobs.

It is part of an overall expansion plan for the company which plans to target the public sector.

The jobs have been created with £180,000 support from Invest Northern Ireland's Jobs Fund.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the ICT sector was an important driver for the economy.

"It is encouraging to see companies investing in growth even in these difficult times," she said.

Equiniti ICS specialises in IT and payroll services and currently employs 270 staff in Belfast and 100 in India.

The company has enjoyed steady growth for the last 10 years and is now aiming for a 30% increase in revenues over the next two years.

Managing director David Mawhinney said: "Our strategy for growth includes targeting larger payroll outsourcing deals in the private sector, and becoming the largest private sector supplier of payroll services to the NHS.

"We are also developing software for case and document management based on Microsoft technologies for financial services organisations and the public sector.

"To support this we needed more staff in our payroll division and the support from Invest NI has allowed us to put those staff in place quickly and to carry out extensive marketing activity to help us break into new markets."

Invest NI has also offered £95,000 of support towards the company's marketing activities.

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